U. S. Green Beret Saves Neighbor’s Life!

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  1. Trip_Wire

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    Green Beret Saves Neighbor’s Life

    FORT LEWIS, Wash. (USASOC News Service, Sept. 16, 2009) – Medics in the U.S. Army prepare for a number of situations while training for combat. Preparing for the unexpected is part of the training, but saving a neighbor suffering from cardiopulmonary failure is not a situation discussed in training manuals.

    This was the situation 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) Green Beret Sergeant First Class Chad Harreld found himself in Oct. 17, 2008 when his neighbor, retired Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Chuck Moore, called requesting medical assistance. His actions that Friday night earned him an Army Commendation Medal.

    Harreld had just finished a phone conversation with Moore and was thinking about what he would do during the coming weekend.

    “Everything seemed normal,” said Harreld. “About 15 minutes later I received another call from (Moore). I figure he had another joke or thought that he wanted to share with me about our previous conversation minutes earlier.”

    Instead of hearing the retired Chinook pilot jovially tell a joke as he expected, Harreld struggled to hear a labored voice that was hard to distinguish.

    “I could barely make out his voice over the phone,” explained the Special Forces medic. “I confirmed with my caller ID that it was actually him. I could hear him make out the words ‘Doc, I can’t breathe.’"

    Harreld promptly hung up the phone and instructed his children to stay put and told them that he would “be right back.” He grabbed his first aid bag and bolted to his neighbor’s house.

    Harreld found Moore in bed, peaked and gasping for air. As Harreld began his assessment, Moore stopped breathing. Harreld directed Moore’s wife, Kum-cha, to call local emergency medical services for assistance. Harreld then began rescue breathing to keep Moore alive.

    “After about 10-15 minutes on assisted ventilation, (Moore) began to regain consciousness,” said Harreld.

    Shortly thereafter, EMS arrived with all the tools necessary to finish what Harreld had started.

    After providing information and assistance to the ambulance crew, Harreld watched helplessly as his patient was driven to the hospital.

    “I was honestly quite scared for him, it's not a normal daily occurrence to stop breathing for an extended period of time,” said Harreld.

    Harreld added that he called the hospital where Moore had been transported to and checked on him about an hour later.

    “I was very relieved to hear he was going to be admitted,” said Harreld. “I knew that there wasn't anything else I could have possibly done, but the thought is always in the back of your head.”

    As a result of Harreld’s leadership and skill, the ambulance crew saved time by not having to problem solve much on their patient.

    “They reacted from his judgment,” said Moore. “He saved my [explicit] life that night.”

    Moore added that he is extremely grateful to have an intelligent and competent neighbor such as Harreld as a friend and neighbor.

    Harreld said that he glad that his neighbor is well and at home now.
    “He would have done the same thing for me,” said Harreld.


  2. Not uncommon for someone to save a life.
  3. Yes, of course, saved six myself today already and now back in time for tea and medals. :roll:
  4. We only acknowledge that sort of event if a two-year old Downs Syndrome kid does the same. You lot are just as surprised when one of you remembers to wipe.
  5. At least this guy will likely avoid a court martial by his colleagues... unlike ol' Smokey:

    Retired Green Beret shoots intruder, gets court martial


    BREVARD, Jan. 19, 2008 - Retired Army Green Beret James T. (Smokey) Taylor got his court martial this weekend and came away feeling pretty good about it. Taylor, at age 79, is one of the oldest members of Chapter XXXIII (The Larry Thorne Chapter) of the Special Forces Association.He was placed on trial by fellow Chapter XXXIII members under the charge of “failing to use a weapon of sufficient caliber” in the shooting of an intruder at his home in Knoxville , TN , in November.
    The court martial, of course, was very much tongue in cheek. The event itself was deadly serious. Taylor had been awakened in the early morning hours of November 5, 2007,when an intruder broke into his home. He investigated the noises with one of his many weapons in hand. “It was just after Halloween, on Monday morning at 4:30,” Taylor said. I heard this commotion at the door and grabbed my fishing gun, a little .22 revolver, to see what was going on. I got to the front door and this fellow had ripped my security door out of its frame. He said, ‘you’re going to have to kill me. I’m coming in.’”
    When a warning to leave went unheeded, Taylor brought his .22 caliber pistol to bear and shot him right between the eyes. “I was about four feet away from him when I shot,” Taylor said. “Looking back now, I’m glad he didn’t die, but that boy had the hardest head I’ve ever seen. The bullet bounced right off.” The impact knocked the would-be thief down momentarily. He crawled out of the house then got up and ran down the street. Taylor dialed 911 and Knoxville police apprehended the wounded man about 200 yards away, hiding in a hedgerow.
    Complicating the case, as well as the court martial, the offender was released on bail but failed to appear for his court date. Knoxville police said the man was homeless. They did not know his whereabouts or why he had been given bail. The charges brought against Taylor by his fellow Green Berets were considered to be serious. He is a retired Special Forces Weapons Sergeant with extensive combat experience during the wars in Korea and Vietnam. “Charges were brought against him under the premise that he should have saved the county and taxpayers the expense of a trial,” said Chapter XXXIII President Bill Long of Asheville , NC.
    The trial was held at the Hampton Inn in Brevard, part of the group’s regularly scheduled quarterly meeting. Long appointed a judge, Bert Bates, a defense counsel, Jim Hash, and a prosecutor, Charlie Ponds. All are retired Special Forces non-commissioned officers with extensive combat and weapons experience. Ponds outlined the case against Taylor , emphasizing that the citizens of Knox County were going to be burdened with significant costs to again apprehend, and then prosecute and defend the would-be burglar.
    “Proper choice of a larger caliber gun would have spared the citizens this financial burden,” Ponds said, “while removing one bad guy from the streets for good. He could have used a .45 or .38. The .22 just wasn’t big enough to get the job done. Hash disagreed. He said Taylor had done the right thing in choosing to arm himself with a 22. “If he’d used a .45 or something like that the round would have gone right through the perp, the wall, the neighbor’s wall and possibly injured some innocent child asleep in its bed. I believe the evidence shows that Smokey Taylor exercised excellent judgment in his choice of weapons. He clearly remains to this day an excellent weapons man.”
    Hash then floated a theory as to why the bullet bounced off the perp’s forehead. “He was victimized by old ammunition,” he said, “just as he was in Korea and again in Vietnam , when his units were issued ammo left over from World War II.” Taylor said nothing in his own defense, choosing instead to allow his peers to debate the matter. The jury, consisting of all the members of the Chapter, discussed the merits of choosing a larger caliber weapon as well as the obvious benefits to society of permanently deleting the intruder so he would never again threaten any private citizen. The other side of the coin, that of accidentally causing injury to a completely innocent citizen if a more powerful gun had been used, also gained considerable support.
    Following testimony from both sides, Judge Bates determined the charges should be dismissed. The decision was met with a round of applause. In fact, there was strong sentiment expressed that Taylor should receive an award for not only choosing wisely in picking up the 22, but for the accuracy of his aim under difficult and dangerous conditions. After the trial Taylor said the ammunition was indeed old and added the new information that the perp had soiled his pants as he crawled out the door. “I would have had an even worse mess to clean up if it had gone through his forehead,” Taylor said. “It was good for both of us that it didn’t.” Meanwhile, back in Knox County , the word is out: Don’t go messing with Smokey Taylor. He just bought a whole bunch of fresh ammo.
  6. Too funny! :lol:
  7. What is your count?
  8. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    Loads but I do like to seriously endanger them first :D :D
  9. But of course. Sort of brings things full circle that way or as the granola crunchers would say, the "yin and the yang." :lol:
  10. Are you a nigger, or a homo?
  11. Fishing gun? Not very sporting given that rods are widely available.
  12. Touched a nerve? Are you upset because your father never taught you to clean your anus with paper? A childhood spent with his tongue up your hoop will do that to a boy. When you learn, try and get the habit of back-wiping so when your new boyfriend takes your bulbous testicles into his mouth and swills them around he won't taste your shit. Perhaps it was the brothers who did that to you in that scummy projects 'hood' you grew up in. Big aren't they?
    Bye for now, and remember: YOU'RE NEVER GOING TO BE A SOLDIER
  13. I am not sure I follow--I will assume it was a harmless joke. Our SF guys tend to have a higher percentage of wives from far off lands due to the nature of their deployments and being taught to respect those in other countries.

    If you are ever near any real SF fellows I would suggest not letting your "humor" go in that direction.
  14. Homo it is then, thought so. Typical limey. :wink:

    Oh, I already was a soldier, deary. Thanks for your concern though. Run along now, "lad". :thumright: